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Kent Schools Cross-Country Championships draws almost 700 pupils to Wilmington Grammar School

21 January 2014

The intermediate boys' race gets under way. Picture Andy Payton

The intermediate boys' race gets under way. Picture: Andy Payton

The Kent Schools Cross-Country Championships drew nearly 700 runners to Wilmington Grammar School for competition in eight categories on Saturday, writes Alan Newman.

The first four in each age group above Year 7 gained automatic selection for the English Schools event at Castle Donnington on March 15.

Alasdair Kinloch on his way to victory. Picture Andy Payton

Alasdair Kinloch on his way to victory. Picture: Andy Payton

Adam Wright (Bromley) enjoyed a 22-second margin of victory in the senior boys' race and Alasdair Kinloch (Thanet) took the intermediate boys' race by 13 seconds.

The junior boys' event featured a sprint finish won by Tom Kendrick (Tonbridge & Sevenoaks) and the Year 7 boys had the biggest field with 134 finishers. Joe Laffy (Canterbury & St Augustines) was the winner.

Emily McKane (Canterbury & St. Augustines) led the field in the senior girls' race and the intermediate event saw last year’s junior champion, Sabrina Sinha (Bromley), take another title - this time by seven seconds.

Holly Page (Bexley) stepped up from silver in 2013 to triumph in the junior girls' race by four seconds and the Year 7 girls saw 116 finishers headed by Elizabeth Miller of Tunbridge Wells.

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